For the last few years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about technology and its ability to create economic opportunity for people around the world. To be clear, I’m no expert on any of this, but I’d like to someday help build a better future based on my experience in the private sector.

Credit: Anita Elberse, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

At the drop of a hat, thousands of professors across the country were unexpectedly thrown into a mad dash to be Zoom-proficient. Some teachers worked to adapt their syllabi and instruction methods to meet the new needs of students in a new age of remote learning. Others didn’t, either not grasping the massive differences between in-person versus online instruction, or lacking resources from their institution to deftly make the switch. Many instructors perhaps underestimated the distracting urges of Tik Tok, Instagram, and texts, assuming that attention spans and accountability would transfer from in-person to online. …

Imagine a company that produced trumpets, pianos, and motorcycles. Does it seem likely that it would make all three well enough to be successful? What about world-class? This isn’t a mythical company, this is Yamaha; and they did these three things extremely well.

By the turn of the 21st century, Yamaha was the market leader in motorcycles, wind instruments, and pianos. …

I’ve played sports my whole life. That means that I’ll never forget the big games lost, or the matchups I thought we could’ve won if a bounce or two went our way.

Now that I’ve been in management roles for the last few years, I take those thoughts and envision how my coach felt; doing everything he could to train, motivate, and help us rally around a common goal — together.

No matter the outcome, the coach does everything they can to set their team up for success. It becomes less about how many poI ints you score, and more…

In 2014, less than 14% of U.S. households owned stocks. As a matter of fact, CNN infamously cited that more people owned cats than had positions in public markets. Thanks to E-Trade, Fidelity, and other hard-to-access stock trading portals, Americans were reluctant to take part. And to top it off, a report by Pew Research showed that the stock market increased the economic gap between income levels, citing a system built for the affluent.

In the fall of 2014, a small startup called Robinhood publicly entered the market, raising $13 million to “democratize the stock market” with its zero-fee trading…

Ryan MacInnis

Product Marketing at LinkedIn. Ex Twitter, Notarize, Voysis (acquired by Apple), Boston Globe. Alum: HKS, NYU, UMass Lowell. Runs on ☕️ and Celtics 🏀

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